Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 31
  2. Negative: 12 out of 31
  1. 30
    10 times too much, a nonstop orgy of bullets, bombs, and booty that aims low and hits the bull’s-eye with enough firepower to sink the Bismarck.
  2. This is a movie about guns blazing, men punching, speedometers straining and explosions exploding. On all those levels, it succeeds just fine - which makes for a great amusement-park ride, but perhaps not much of a movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    There are really only two kinds of big-budget action movies: stupid, and good and stupid. Surprisingly, XXX: State of the Union is good and stupid, which makes it an immediate improvement over 2002's meatheaded "XXX."
  4. The special effects excite at first but wear out their welcome.
  5. Of course the movie's real raison d'etre is watching Ice Cube tear up government facilities and blockades with a tank, spout Schwarzenegger-style kiss-off lines, and commandeer the kind of babes and high-tech cars that James Bond usually plays with.
  6. 63
    Theater of the absurd, masquerading as an action thriller.
  7. What isn't scary--or exciting, amusing or fun--is XXX: State of the Union, a movie so preposterous, cliché-packed and over the top that it makes the original "XXX" seem as good as the original "State of the Union."
  8. Most of the movie is standard action fare, but the political commentary is interesting when it's allowed to surface.
  9. Reviewed by: Jonathan Kiefer
    50
    Director Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day) has a shruggingly action-intensive style, which feels at once heavy-handed and lazy.
  10. This is a B movie rooted in gut-level stirrings of power and retaliation.
  11. Reviewed by: Clint Morris
    40
    Thankfully, there's the relatively-charismatic and cheeky Ice Cube hogging the lens.
  12. 70
    What's fun is that the road to that climactic Capitol showdown is paved with one ridiculous and relentlessly edited set piece after another.
  13. Opens explosively and never lets up.
  14. 50
    Basically the first movie all over again, with plenty more of the bridge-jumping, rocket-launching action that audiences loved about the original.
  15. Critics are inclined to describe the action in films like "XXX" and Lee Tamahori's sequel, XXX: State of the Union, as "cartoon violence." I'll resist doing that out of respect for cartoons.
  16. 50
    A big, loud, proudly brainless popcorn flick that blows up cars, trucks, tanks, boats, helicopters and even a train.
  17. Hilariously, gut-bustingly, mind-blowingly, jaw-droppingly stupid.
  18. 38
    One can give Ice Cube props for attitude, but not much more.
  19. How bad does it get? How far past the basement can one elevator go?
  20. Has to be one of the most absurd of all big-budget action movies, and that's saying something. It's just a blink away from over-the-top self-parody, and I'm pretty sure it's not trying to be.
  21. 60
    Thankfully, State Of The Union's pulpy, adrenalized blaxploitation spin on the secret-agent genre provides the dumb fun its predecessor should have dished out.
  22. The most gratifying thing about xXx: State of the Union is that nobody wastes much time on character, motivation, plausibility, dialogue or sex -- all that slow stuff that drags down ordinary movies.
  23. A smooth blend of visual special effects, exceptional stunts, fluid photography, sharp design and a possible best-selling soundtrack.
  24. The makers of State of the Union subscribe to the Jerry Bruckheimer big-bang theory of action (big, bigger, biggest), but they don't share that maestro's attention to detail, or apparently his deep pockets. The state of this cinematic union is shabby indeed.
  25. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    It's even louder and dumber than the first XXX, but if watching things fall down and go boom in a very big way makes you cheer, you're in luck.
  26. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    At least this movie seems more aware of its trashiness than "National Treasure" was. It's therefore freer to have some off-the-cuff fun the way Steven Seagal's more tolerable vehicles once did.
  27. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    You'd half expect the Xbox logo to pop up on the credit roll for XXX: State of the Union, since what's on view is closer to a videogame than a movie. While that will be music to the ears of young gamers, it's noise to anyone hoping for a coherent action movie.
  28. Reviewed by: Peter L'Official
    40
    The winking title X Cubed somehow eluded the makers of this sequel, along with plot coherency, character development, or clever explosions of genre convention.
  29. So primitive, it must have been written in lizard blood on animal skin.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 113 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 38
  2. Negative: 18 out of 38
  1. May 9, 2013
    6
    I like Ice Cube, but the biggest flaw with this movie is you expect Vin Diesel. It`s ok but feels wrong for the most part. I think they would be better off changing the name and a few things in the movie to separate from the series. Full Review »
  2. Jan 7, 2013
    10
    epic
  3. Jan 7, 2013
    10
    epic